St. Louis 4, San Diego 3

Date - Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 83°
Umpires - Home Plate - Bob Davidson, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - James Hoye,
Attendance - 45126

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 8 1
St. Louis 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Diego 57-63 34-27 23-36 L1
St. Louis 64-56 34-25 30-31 W2


Cardinals 4, Padres 3: Jon Jay delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning to snap a tie as host St. Louis held on to take the opener of the four-game series.

Tony Cruz led off the frame with a single off Alex Torres (1-1) and pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso drew a walk before Matt Carpenter singled to load the bases. Nick Vincent came on and was greeted by Jay's shot to deep center field that plated two for a 4-2 lead.

San Diego got back a run in the ninth on pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert's RBI single, but Alexi Amarista was thrown out at the plate on a controversial call that resulted in the ejection of Padres manager Bud Black. Trevor Rosenthal proceeded to walk Will Venable to reload the bases before striking out Tommy Medica to nail down his 36th save and make a winner of Seth Maness (4-2), who worked a perfect eighth.

Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run homer and Matt Adams notched two hits for the Cardinals, who remained two games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central. Jedd Gyorko and Rymer Liriano each drove in a run while Amarista collected three hits for the Padres, who had their five-game winning streak snapped and are 6 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second wild card.

St. Louis grabbed the lead in the second inning, when Adams led off with a single and Peralta followed with his 16th blast of the season. San Diego drew even in the sixth as Gyorko plated a run with a fielder's choice before Liriano singled home Medica two batters later.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Black was tossed by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing that Cardinals C A.J. Pierzynski blocked Amarista's path to the plate after video review upheld the out call. ... San Diego starter Eric Stults allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings while St. Louis' John Lackey yielded two runs and five hits in seven frames. ... The Cardinals posted their fifth win in six home contests and moved one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh for the first wild-card spot in the NL.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
San Diego   St. Louis
Eric Stults Player John Lackey
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 7.0
1 Strikeouts 5
4 Hits 5
2.57 ERA 2.57
San Diego   St. Louis
Alexi Amarista Player Matt Adams
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 2
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
San Diego 8 0 11 .242 17 6 3 5 0 1
St. Louis 7 1 11 .241 13 3 4 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against San Diego. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .460 after a win and .614 after a loss.
  • San Diego will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Padres have a W/L % of .466 after a win and .484 after a loss.
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